Sunday, September 24, 2017

Celebrate Banned Books Week!!

Today is the first day of Banned Books Week 2017 ~ September 24th through September 30th. 

This week, I will be reading a banned book in order to celebrate the freedom to read any book I want. I don't believe in censorship! 

I will be reading Howl: A Graphic Novel by Allen Ginsberg this week. I chose to read Howl because I've never read anything by Allen Ginsberg that I can recall and also because poetry is something one rarely thinks of as being banned or challenged. Howl was written in 1954 and "contains many references to illicit drugs and sexual practices" (Wikipedia). This eventually led to a 1957 Obscenity Trial, where California Superior Court Judge Clayton Horn found that Howl had "redeeming social importance" (Wikipedia).

Need more reasons to celebrate Banned Books Week? Check out the following article I discovered online titled, 12 Easy Ways to Celebrate Banned Books Week

Will you be reading a banned or challenged book this week during Banned Books Week? If so, which book will you be reading? Let me know in the comment section below.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Friday, September 22, 2017

50/50 Friday - Author You'd Most/Least Like to Meet



50/50 Friday is a meme hosted by Carrie @ The Butterfly Reads and Laura @ Blue Eye Books. This fun themed meme focuses on the opposite sides of books (best/worst, differing opinions, etc). Every week a new topic will give bloggers the chance to showcase their answers.


This week's topic is the Author You'd Most/Least Like to Meet!

This week's topic is tough to answer as there are so many authors that I'd love to meet in person!


The Author I'd Most Love to Meet

If I only had to pick ONE author, then
it would have to be Diana Gabaldon.
Followed by Geraldine Brooks and Margaret Atwood.

The Author I'd Least Like to Meet

This is a tough question to answer as well,
because I am usually very excited to meet most authors.
I'm going to randomly choose author,
Andre Dubus III as the author I'd least like
to meet. I read his novel,
The House of Sand & Fog and disliked it a lot!

Which author would you most/least like to meet?

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Books For Night Owls

I admit it! I'm a night owl. Although I'd rather not be a night owl quite frankly. I've had insomnia longer than I care to admit and some nights my lack of sleep is worse than others. 

Since I am an avid reader, I was curious to learn which books made the list in an article on BookRiot titled, 10 Best Books For Night Owls by Jesse Doogan. 

I've already read one of the books in the article (The Life-Changing Art of Tidying Up by Marie Kondo), which actually has nothing to do with sleep, but was an excellent read none the less.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Little Tips & Tricks to Encourage Your Child to Read More!!

I've been an avid reader my entire life. My love for reading began as a youngster when my mom read to me as a toddler. 

I use to receive books as gifts when I was younger and that also helped me become a book lover. 

I am grateful that my love for reading books was encouraged as a youngster as I feel it has helped me become a much more rounded person.

Are you looking for ways to help encourage your child to become an avid reader? Try the following tips I discovered in an article I discovered on BuzzFeed titled, 19 Little Tricks Guaranteed To Get Your Kids To Read by Jarry Lee. Maybe they will help your child read more.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Top Ten Tuesday -- Top Fifteen Books On My Fall TBR List



Top Ten Tuesday is an original feature/weekly meme created here at The Broke and the Bookish. This feature was created because we are particularly fond of lists here at The Broke and the Bookish. We'd love to share our lists with other bookish folks and would LOVE to see your top ten lists!

Each week we will post a new Top Ten list that one of our bloggers here at The Broke and the Bookish will answer. Everyone is welcome to join. All we ask is that you link back to The Broke and the Bookish on your own Top Ten Tuesday post AND add your name to the Linky widget so that everyone can check out other bloggers lists! If you don't have a blog, just post your answers as a comment. Have fun with it! It's a fun way to get to know your fellow bloggers.

I have so many books I want to read this fall, that it is REALLY, REALLY, Difficult for me to narrow down which ones I want to read most this fall.... But here goes nothing! 

I went kind of ambitious for my reading list this fall and chose 15 books to read... The most difficult part for me will be sticking to my reading list as I'm very prone to changing my mind on what I want to read! 

So here is are the Top Fifteen Books I'd like to read this fall in no order of importance:

2. The Dressmaker's Dowry by Meredith Jaeger
3. The High Mountains of Portugal by Yann Martel
4. The Sherlockian by Graham Moore
5. Black Run: A Rocco Schiavone Mystery by Antonio Manzini
6. In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen
7. Love In A Nutshell by Janet Evanovich & Dorien Kelly
8. The Crossing by Michael Connelly
9. Tolstoy and the Purple Chair: My Year of Magical Reading by Nina Sankovitch
10. Pack of Two: The Intricate Bond Between People and Dogs by Caroline Knapp
11. Caleb's Crossing by Geraldine Brooks
12. Tulip Fever by Deborah Moggach
13. Twelve Red Herrings by Jeffery Archer
14. The Devil, The Lovers and Me: My Life in Tarot by Kimberlee Auerbach
15. Julia Vanishes by Catherine Egan

So, which books are on your fall reading list?

Monday, September 18, 2017

7 Little Free Library Tips To Ensure A Successful Little Free Library

I would have a Little Free Library of my own in a heartbeat, but alas, I live in a condominium and cannot place one outside my unit!

However, for those of you who would like to set up your own Little Free Library, I discovered an article on Bustle's website titled, These 7 Little Free Library Tips Will Ensure You Have The Best Book-Swapping Station On The Block by E. Ce Miller that is a must read for those that want to run a successful Little Free Library.

Click on the above link to learn the seven ways you can make your Little Free Library the best one in your neighborhood!

Saturday, September 16, 2017

September is National Library Card Sign-Up Month!!



In all my years of reading and blogging, I never knew that September is National Library Card Sign Up Month!!

I do have a library card to my public library, but I do not use it as often as I should. I need to change that though.

If you do not have a library card to your local public library, I encourage you to sign up for one this month. Libraries offer amazing resources in their communities.

Until my next post, happy reading!

Friday, September 15, 2017

Rhys Bowen --- Author Presentation and Book Signing


I've come across Rhys Bowen's name over the past few years and am familiar with the fact that she writes three different popular mystery series. Rhys Bowen has also written a stand-alone historical novel titled, In Farleigh Field, which is set in England during World War II. 

I have yet to read any of her novels, but that will soon be remedied in the near future as I discovered in August 2017 that Rhys Bowen would be coming to a branch of our public library. 

Last night, I attended Rhys Bowen's author presentation at our local public library. I am so thrilled that I attended this event as Rhys Bowen is a delightful speaker with a lovely English accent. Rhys Bowen gave a lively talk about her novels, her writing, and various characters she has created throughout the years. Rhys Bowen was also humorous. I felt like she was one of the more entertaining and engaging author speakers I've heard speak before an audience. 

Quite a nice sized group of readers attended the Rhys Bowen author presentation and book signing. Many of them asked a lot of interesting questions during the Q & A segment. 

This was the first time I've attended an author event and signing at a public library, which made for a fun time. I came away with two signed books by Rhys Bowen - Murphy's Law: The First Molly Murphy Mystery and In Farleigh Field.

Until my next post, happy reading!